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Santa Fe Balloon Company

Santa Fe, NM, USA
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captpatte wrote a review Jul 2022
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our early morning ride w johnny over the gorgeous northern new mexico landscape was awesome! he is an excellent, and very experienced, guide who shared fun personal flying stories with plenty of quiet time for us to enjoy the drift. good explanation of how a ballon works. at times we hovered just above the scrub then ascended several hundred feet above the landscape. highlights include gliding up and down along the contours of the canyon, his friendly demeanor, letting me take the controls for a few minutes, and the sweet little ceremony (snack and ascended-into-the-sky certificate) at the conclusion of the ride. oh, and he picked us up from (and returned us to) our hotel! i highly recommend santa fe balloon company! (shout out to his chase crew led by jeanne).
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Sue N wrote a review Oct 2021
Milwaukee, Wisconsin62 contributions18 helpful votes
My daughter and I went to Santa Fe and decided to take a hot air balloon ride. We went with Santa Fee Balloon Company with Johnny. He made the experience so memorable. From picking us up in the AM, he has a vast knowledge of the area and its' history Very, very interesting. He was also so informative on the history of ballooning, including his own, which is remarkable....just ask him about "home economics class" We learned how the balloon works and had a wonderful, peaceful ride outside of Santa Fe. This all ended with a champagne, cheese and cracker toast to the day and were able to really talk and absorb the experience before we were presented with our certificates. I enjoyed every part of this experience and would recommend it very, very highly.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Bob T wrote a review Oct 2021
Edmonds, Washington46 contributions60 helpful votes
Awesome morning flying with Johnny and our pilot 'Merlin'!!! We just flew in early October and the weather turned out to be gorgeous! Crisp before dawn; warm and cozy when we lifted off. Four of us in the balloon with Merlin.. he took it up to 1,000-feet and the view was right out of a technicolor movie... the sage and scrub covered arroyos, the crystal sky, and the sensation that we were floating in a bubble cocoon! Johnny is the only balloon operator in Santa Fe, and we flew over the country-side, not over cities and strip malls. He's got 8-thousand hours piloting balloons and Merlin has been piloting them for years, as well. Very safety conscious-went through all the drills... will not launch if the wind is over 7mph... which assures a peaceful flight and a safe trip. We're not spring chickens any more... both in our 70's and they took great care of all the riders. A great experience for kids older than 6-7... not sure about taking toddlers... Jeanne is our ground crew chief and the 'mover and shaker' behind the scene who makes sure we have everything we need to feel comfortable. She catered the champagne celebration at the end of our journey and it was perfect! Our only lament - wish the flight had lasted for the whole day... it was that much fun! And, we will do it again - in a heart beat!!!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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oldpatrol wrote a review Oct 2021
Eagle Pass, Texas271 contributions56 helpful votes
It was an awesome experience. I'll admit we were a little apprehensive at first, but Johnny explained everything and made the trip fantastic. You don't even realize how high you go, actually Johnny stays relatively low so you can get the best views and longest ride possible. The crew is phenomenal and ready to help you in anything you need. Johnny, the owner, picked us up at our hotel and we were off. Almost immediately Johnny started with his jokes and stories and didn't stop until he dropped us off. The flight took almost an hour although we wish it would've lasted longer. You don't feel any swaying of the basket and like I said you don't even realize how high you are. Johnny is great with letting you know when to get your cameras ready. Also, the crew took pictures and sent them to us too. Yes, we'll definitely be going back next time we're in Santa Fe.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Jennifer F wrote a review Sep 2021
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September 28, 2021 Johnny, I want to say thank you to you publicly for the outstanding ballooning experience my family had with you and your crew this week. Your professionalism, passion for your craft, and commitment to safety make you an top rate company. Jennifer
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Date of experience: September 2021
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